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Ghostwritten

By David Mitchell

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Winner of the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize

Winner of the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.

A magnificent achievement and an engrossing experience, David Mitchell's first novel announced the arrival of one of the most exciting writers of the twenty-first century.

An apocalyptic cult member carries out a gas attack on a rush-hour metro, but what links him to a jazz buff in downtown Tokyo? Or to a Mongolian gangster, a woman on a holy mountain who talks to a tree, and a late night New York DJ?

Set at the fugitive edges of Asia and Europe, Ghostwritten weaves together a host of characters, their interconnected destinies determined by the inescapable forces of cause and effect.

Biographical Notes

Born in 1969, David Mitchell grew up in Worcestershire. After graduating from Kent University, he taught English in Japan, where he wrote his first novel, Ghostwritten. Published in 1999, it was awarded the Mail on Sunday John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, number9dream, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and in 2003, David Mitchell was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. His third novel, Cloud Atlas, was shortlisted for six awards including the Man Booker Prize, and adapted for film in 2012. It was followed by Black Swan Green, shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award, and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, which was a No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller. Both were also longlisted for the Booker.

In 2013, The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice From the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida was published in a translation from the Japanese by David Mitchell and KA Yoshida. David Mitchell's sixth novel is The Bone Clocks (Sceptre, 2014).

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  • ISBN: 9780340739754
  • Publication date: 20 Apr 2000
  • Page count: 448
  • Imprint: Sceptre
An astonishing debut. — Independent
One of the best first novels I've read in a long time . . . I couldn't put it down. — AS Byatt, Mail on Sunday
A remarkable novel by a young writer of remarkable talent. — Observer
The best first novel I have read in ages . . . it beguiles, informs, shocks and captivates. — William Boyd, Daily Telegraph
If you want to know what the distinctive literature of the 21st century will look like, begin here. — Boyd Tonkin, Independent
Fabulously atmospheric and wryly perceptive . . . a huge new talent. — Books of the Year, Guardian
An astonishing debut.
One of the best first novels I've read in a long time . . . I couldn't put it down.
A remarkable novel by a young writer of remarkable talent.
The best first novel I have read in ages . . . it beguiles, informs, shocks and captivates.
If you want to know what the distinctive literature of the 21st century will look like, begin here.
Fabulously atmospheric and wryly perceptive . . . a huge new talent.
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